Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Deliverance from Evil and Terror

Occasionally I still hear people make comments about the innocent people in Central Africa or Papua New Guinea or Amazonia. “These are people who are living in pristine Edens and should not be tampered with by White men who will bring evil into their lovely, innocent gardens.”

I remember one University of Maryland student who said to me, “What do you mean putting clothes on those innocent people?” I then showed her the last picture in The Savage My Kinsman by Elisabeth Elliot. It was a photograph of an Auca Indian with no clothes on walking hand in hand with a little white girl, also with no clothes on. I then said to her, “It looks like the Indians are taking the clothes off the missionaries.”

Here is an excerpt from Spokane author Neil Anderson’s book In Search of the Source. Neil Anderson and his family spent the last 20 years in Papua New Guinea translating the New Testament into the Folopa language.

Soon others joined in with a cascade of graphic descriptions of the worst torture I’d ever heard…like the times they would hold torches up to the captured person’s skin until it blistered, or they’d pour boiling water on him until the skin literally came off. Or they’d tie him spread- eagle and naked to the ground and have the women beat him with their digging sticks….

This is a description of a civilization that has been in existence for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. It was decadent, living in terror of evil spirits for centuries. When the good news came, the people were delivered from their terror and evil.

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. Romans 1:28, 29 (NIV)
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(Taken from Good News/Bad News)

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